Chills are a rapid contraction of the muscles triggered when the body tries to warm up. They are usually associated with fever or as a sign that a fever can be expected. In many cases, they are a symptom of an infection.
What kind of diseases can be associated with chills?
Diseases that may be associated with chills are the following:
- Panic attack
- Calculations gallbladder
- Kidney stones
- Herpes zoster
- Viral gastroenteritis
- Scarlet fever
- Septic shock
Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.
What is the therapy for chills?
When they are associated only with a slight fever, it is sufficient to rest and drink a lot of fuilds so the patient can maintain a good level of hydration. In other cases of high fever, it can be useful for warm compresses and anti-inflammatory drugs to be used.
When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of chills?
If the chills are associated with a high fever or are not decreasing a doctor should be contacted. Similarly, it is good to ask for an advice of an expert even in the presence of: cough, shortness of breath, abdominal pain or heartburn, frequent urination, stiff neck, confusion, irritability or sluggishness.